Hawks, in some areas, are seasonal. I raise and fly roller pigeons, and
this year, for instance, I have what we call late-hatches, or birds
that were not able to be flown out because the hawks migrated in before
they could. Then, if you choose to fly them when the hawks leave, they
are too strong and get lost easy. Getting late hatches to fly and kit
becomes harder to do, and more time consuming, so if possible, you try
to fly them with an already established kit, and add them to the kit
maybe one at a time.
The breeder told you right,.....that it would be best to breed from
them and fly out the babies. And the one absolute rule that all pigeon
people should always follow, is to NEVER,EVER,EVER,NEVER FLY YOUR
BREEDERS! I can ga-run-tee that Murphy's law will slap you upside the
head if you do not follow that advice.
Actually, bar and check is not a color, as much as a pattern. (Blue is
the color)You can also have checkered blu bars, etc. Two blue-bars
mated together does not necessarily mean the babies will be blu-bars.
Depends on what the dominant gene is with the parents. Each bird
carries two main slugs of genes. One from the father, one from the
mother. So you would only know what your gonna get if you know the
liniage color/pattern of the parents. Otherwise, it is trial and error.
I have had 2 dark-check barred birds give me nothing but recessive red
barless babies, because both parents carried a recessive red gene.
(Have no idea thou, what happened to the bars!lol!)
Make a difinitive choice as to what type of pigeons you wish to raise.
If you want airial performance, work towards that and try not to pay
any attention to what they look like. If you want looks, work towards
that. Nice thing about performance birds, if they start performing
great, you will start to know the possible "look" of a great performer,
and they will look good to you, AND you'll probably end up even getting
some "pretty" performers that just came out that way.%^)
Trying to get great looks with great performance is doable, but much
more time consuming, as the color genes are a whole different ballgame
than the performance genes.
And like Lisa, get yourself a mentor who you can always get advice
from. Really helps your development.
Hope this helps,
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